Bibel versus Quran 2011

Wall work - engraving

Bibel versus Quran

Bibel versus Quran, a context-specific wall engraving at listed historical building, Kunstverein Leverkusen Schloss Morsbroich e.V.

The wall engraving writes literally into the surface of the structural building parts of the Kunstverein. The work is a comparative study. It examines the violent content of two religious texts, the Bible and the Koran. How set in stone is the Old Testament a call for violence against a synoptic no less violent verse from the Koran. However mirrored material, as positive-negative method, the line of text from the Koran lies as a thin, fragile skin on the wall and thus illustrates the different cultural coding and interpretation of religions.

Detail, bibel text
Wall engraving size 500 x 200 cm, engraving depth of 15 mm

[5th Genesis (The war against cities), chapter 20, verse 13]

13... When the Lord your God gives them into your violence, you shall kill all males with the sharp sword.

Transparent vinyl lettering

[Al-Nisâ (The Women), Sura 4, verse 92]

4.92... If they do not keep away from you neither offer you peace nor restrain their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them. Because against these We have given you full violence.